A durable, breathable jacket that won't make you sweat.
When you're hundreds of feet up a wall, the slightest breeze can turn an otherwise enjoyable climb into a shivering, teeth-chattering grind; slide on the Arc'teryx Women's Gamma LT Hooded Softshell Jacket to stay protected against the wind and mid-summer alpine temps. Wee Burly Double Weave softshell combines the durability of a nylon face with a polyester backer for strength and stretch, and the fabric also has a DWR finish, so raindrops ricochet off the jacket. The regular fit sits closely to your body, too, without being too tight to restrict movement.
The Gamma LT features a helmet-compatible StormHood that moves with you, so you are able to maintain a good field of vision when you belay your climbing partner. The jacket's Vislon front zipper resists water, and the stretch gusset cuffs seal around your wrists and a hem drawcord keeps any unwanted winds from breezing up your back as you climb. One chest pocket secures any valuables you need to keep close, leaving your hands free to warm up in the two hand pockets as you relax with your partner at the top of the route.
- Wee Burly Double Weave softshell
- DWR finish
- Regular fit
- Helmet-compatible StormHood
- Vislon center front zipper
- Stretch cuff gussets
- Adjustable drawcord hem
- Hand and chest pockets
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: small
Just bought this jacket in the purple color, and it's my new favorite piece of clothing! It's quite warm as an around-town outer layer over a fleece and vest in Colorado (great wind protection). Planning to use it snow shoeing and (on warmer days) skiing. It's comfortable, moves well, and is very breathable. Love the color!! Flattering cut. It's one of the more moderately priced Arcteryx jackets, and it actually looks and feels like it could cost more!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
I've had this jacket for about five years and it's without a doubt one of the best purchases I've made on this site. I was initially afraid the fabric would be too thin, but it's perfect. Protective enough for cold windy days (with a puffy underneath, of course) but incredibly breathable on runs or during other aerobic activity. Whatever the occasion, this jacket just seems to work. And after five years of constant wear and plenty of washings, it still looks great! It may be on the more expensive side, but you get what you pay for.